Mark Kissinger and Rotcod Zzaj - Free Spirit Suites - ZP33
This album features Zzaj vocals (a fairly rare occasions) on 2 tracks, "Rhythm Rider" & "Speak EZ", both from poems he wrote many years ago, then turned to music.
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The following review, by long-time underground reviewer Bret Hart, will give you a pretty decent idea of what the music on this fine CD is really all about!
On Whirling Dervish got The Ventures pulling teeth from
the jaw of Stanley Turrentine...falling through flesh tubes and treading dream-corridors with Dialogue for Drifters...when it's processed well, the rote percussion programs possess a robotic grin and mechanical grandeur, which insert moments of "meet George Jetson!" into the landscapes these boys conjure. I go pretty far back with both of these jokers and Mark still wrests some of the most obtuse CHUNKS and skanky MOANS from his axe. Zzaj (Dick Metcalf) is...well, "Zzaj". I've had the benefit of hearing scads of his work, and have read reviews of lots of what I haven't myself heard... Zzaj's keyboards are attacked with a childlike wonder, punky confidence, and he is generally operating within knowable parameters (slo-blooze, lounge-jazz, free-form splatter, etc) regardless of with whom he collaborates. One listen, and you go, "There's a whole lotta DICK in there."
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The soloing definitely takes you places - it seems like a lot of attention was paid here to mood, vibe and attitude. The solos add a great spontaneity to the mix, keeping things nice and loose and free. Good work, guys!!!
Subject: Free Spirits Suites - reviewed by Andrew Rejman
The CD has nicely surprising sparkling tonal and harmonic ideas, and all this brings into my mind the only possible name I can think of for it: Nu Fusion!! yes, this is completely refreshing Nu Fusion.
Subject: Free Spirits Suites - short review by Gilbert Isbin
intermingled with superb intervallic rock edgy but also jazz and blues influenced guitar soloing.
An intruiging and fascinating CD !
Subject: Free Spirits Suites - short review by Rick Ray
Subject: Zzaj just being himself...No commercial potential...And that's a nice thing...
In mainstream music and yes right here in the Independent world of music that's still the predominant factor. Not many musicians are willing or they simply don't know how to push the illusioned boundaries of harmonic structure and expression. Zzaj is one of those iconoclasts that is able to and it appears it's second nature to him...
This CD is a wonderful testament to a man who understands the importance of an impromptu sit down of expression.
What Zzaj does is extremely important not only to himself but to trained and untrained ears for a more focused appreciation of what we can do with sound. We have the world at our feet, musically speaking, and Zzaj understands this implicitly...
I endorse Mr. Rotcod's vision of music vehemently...
A wonderful collection of sound that is refreshing and intelligent. And what's more important, it's a small opening into this man's soul...
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Subject: Written by Wayne Wesley Johnson
Free Spirit Suites
by Mark Kissinger and Rotcod Zzaj
I'm a "sound" freak...and believe me this CD is all about sound....oozing with great tone, and intensely rhythmic. I just love the moodscapes feel to some of the tunes, too. Dick (Rotcod) lays down a strong foundation, with his keyboard and provides Mark with the opportunity to have an improvisational field day....particularly with his lead guitar and distortion module. The two gents play with no barriers. The pattern bass lines are in the pocket and along with the percussive nature of the pieces, get your foot tapping. The progressive jazz-like dissonance creates tension and the modulations and resolve, feel good...brings you back to a peaceful place. My favorite track seems to be Dialogue for Drifters. As a musician, get out your axe, close your eyes, lay back and let the sounds invite you to join the party....Obviously, Mark and Rotcod are having just too much fun. This is an extraordinary recording with some real dimension to it. Two fine musicians with a very unique set of recordings.
Wayne Wesley Johnson
guitarist / producer / songwriter
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